2015 en­ter­tain­ment news

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Net­flix in aus­tralia Juras­sic World bil­lion dol­lars One Di­rec­tion split

You know when a par­ent calls to ask ‘what’s this TV stream­ing thing all about?’ that it’s made in­roads. Either that or they caught an A Cur­rent Af­fair ‘story’ for the Chan­nel Nine owned ser­vice, Stan. This was the year TV’S tra­di­tional free-to-air model took a ham­mer­ing as Aus­tralians clam­bered to ride the dig­i­tal train – led by the lo­cal launch of US be­he­moth Net­flix in March, and sup­ple­mented by Stan and Presto. While the US ser­vice bizarrely stalled its launch to miss the new sea­son of House of Cards, much of ‘new’ TV’S chat­ter was around Break­ing Bad spin-off Bet­ter Call Saul. Would an­tic­i­pa­tion mean an­other must-watch slice of telly? No. The same sim­ple an­swer to en­quiries about whether the sopho­more sea­son of True De­tec­tive was worth one’s time. To ham­mer home the dire state of com­mer­cial tele­vi­sion, Chan­nel Seven then de­liv­ered a pro­gram­ming ‘coup’ with ex­tended Youtube promo Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud. What’s truly hi­lar­i­ous, and shame­ful, is it won its slot with just un­der a mil­lion view­ers. Still, any tears lament­ing the state of ter­res­trial telly were but a dry well com­pared to con­fir­ma­tion Bri­tish boy band One Di­rec­tion would, in fact, em­bark on sev­eral – set to dis­band this com­ing March, with Zayn al­ready fly­ing solo. Else­where, for the first time since 1977, peo­ple went back to the ac­tual movies – lured by the prom­ise of block­busters (that is, re­makes or up­dates of films that were once block­busters). Ge­orge Miller and Char­l­ize Theron smashed Hol­ly­wood gen­der stereo­types in Mad Max, Chris Pratt climbed into an A-list car­riage by bat­tling a new plague of Spiel­berg di­nosaurs, su­per­heroes were again caught nap­ping, while par­ents were back on the phone to dis­cuss an­other new phe­nom­e­non, ‘S&M’, thanks to Chris­tian Grey’s ropey bed­room an­tics.

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